Looking back into history…
The Society’s Archaeological Collection is housed in the Heywood Sumner Room. It contains many artefacts from all periods of British Prehistory and some more recent finds and ethnographical material. The more spectacular items are the numerous Lower Palaeolithic handaxes from the Bournemouth Gravels dating from 250,000 years ago, and some Bronze Age urns. Much of the collection was retrieved at the turn of the last century during the period
of great development in which much of Bournemouth’s rich prehistoric heritage was covered by housing. Another important feature of the collection is some of the material dug up by former BNSS President, Heywood Sumner, in his explorations of the New Forest Romano-British pottery kiln sites.
Some of the collection has already been examined and listed in archaeological tomes. However, the whole collection is currently being catalogued and displayed in chronological order to assist the serious scholar as well as the casual visitor. It is hoped to enlarge the study to produce a more up-to-date introduction to Bournemouth’s prehistory.
Upcoming Archaeology events
Lecture: “Squeezes. The embarrassing secrets of Egyptology”24th February 2018 at 2.30pm
Speaker: Charlotte Booth Charlotte Booth earned her Batchelor’s and Master’s degrees in Egyptian studies at UCL London and is now teaching at Birkbeck College, London. She is now studying for her PHD at University of Birmingham. Charlotte has written books about various aspects of Egyptology and has appeared on several history television programmes. Her website, […]
Lecture: President’s Address (title TBA)3rd March 2018 at 2.30pm
Speaker: Bryan Popple
Lecture: “Everything you need to know about Mummies”24th March 2018 at 2.30pm
Speaker: Dr Joyce Filer Dr. Joyce Filer originally trained as an audiologist and teacher of deaf children and for many years was Head of Department for deaf children in a London school. Several years later Joyce studied archaeology and excavated at many British sites. She later went on to study full time Egyptian archaeology and […]